The Art Gallery of Ontario is where we get our dose of urban (it’s right downtown), culture (paintings, photographs, sculpture to name a few), and hours of family fun even if you don’t have arts-and-crafty kids. There is always a nice mix of gallery-goers. So adults don’t feel overrun by children and kids have a chance to experience art in grown-up galleries.
Of course, the AGO does have activities specially for the little ones. Pick up one of the Kids’ Activity Bags, visit the Hands-On Centre, or get creative at one of the drawing stations located around the galleries. Make sure to stop by the newly-opened Kids’ Gallery. All the art is at kids’ eye-level and they can make their own portrait on paper or dress up for a photo (post it on Instagram with #AGOkidsgallery.) Oh, and on the Concourse Level, there is often a ping pong table.
Family-friendly: Your questions answered here.
Free admission: Kids five-and-under are free. Free general admission for everyone from 6 – 8:30 pm on Wednesdays. And free general admission for or Ontario high school students with valid ID, Tuesday through Friday after 3 pm.
Free food: Yes, it’s true, with an AGO Membership. Kids five-and-under eat free in caféAGO.
Get an Activity Bag: Seriously good stuff in there to do in the galleries and at home. We love the non-sticky clay to make your own sculpture. Plus, there is a “parent cheat sheet” with ideas on how to enjoy the galleries with Kids in TOw.
Family Sundays: Plan your visit for a Sunday – themed programming just for families from 1 – 4pm.
Go on a Friday: for a morning play date starting around 11 am in the Hands-On Centre.
Don’t Go on a Monday: AGO is closed on Mondays.